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View Resource Forest Fires

This site, from DiscoverySchool.com, contains a lesson plan on forest fire ecology for grade levels 9-12. The objectives of the lesson are that students will understand: 1) the benefits and problems associated with fire, and 2) the role that fire plays in maintaining healthy ecosystems. The lesson spans two class periods and the site provides a list of materials needed, discussion questions,...

View Resource Forest Fires and Percolation

This is the description and instructions as well as a link for the "Forest Fires and Percolation" applet. It builds a background with a "hands-on" activity for the students which then leads to the applet itself. The applet is a game where the object is to save as many trees from the forest fire as possible. It shows the spread of a fire with the variable of density and the probability of the...

View Resource NASA Images of California Wildfires

This National Aeronautics and Space Administration "Looking at Earth” webpage shows several satellite images of the October 2007 wildfires in Southern California. Several images illustrate how infrared penetrates the smoke to reveal the fires below. Text provides further information about each image.

View Resource This Model Can Take the Heat

This site provides a description of how research teams from the Lawrence Livermore and the Los Alamos National Laboratories are joining forces to develop a physics-based model of wildfire development. The model is based on weather patterns, terrain, and local vegetation, three factors that interact through complex physical processes that are stimulated for the first time in this work.

View Resource Canadian Wildland Fire Information System

This site, from the Canadian Forest Service, provides information about forest fires in Canada including weekly fire statistics, fire research, daily fire maps, a fire database, and more. Visitors can also see satellite-detected hotspots in Canada and the northern U.S. The Forest Fire Facts and Questions contains a number of interesting general facts about forest fires in Canada.

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